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Tourist arrivals fall in Myanmar

Tourists being seen taking the photos of a pagoda in Mandalay. Photo Thiha Ko Ko copy
Tourists being seen taking the photos of a pagoda in Mandalay.  Photo: Thiha Ko Ko

The number of tourists who visited Myanmar from January to March this year declined by 3 per cent compared with the same period last year, according to a report in Myawady Daily yesterday.
Myanmar received some 920,000 tourists from January to March, compared to the 950,000 tourists in 2017, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
“Some of the trips were cancelled because of negative media publicity. The political situation does not really impact tourism, but such matters should be handled through the media,” said Daw Khin Than Win, deputy director-general of Directorate of Hotels and Tourism.
Tourists arriving from Western countries fell this year compared to the same period last year. In contrast, more tourists from Japan, China, Thailand and South Korea visited Myanmar this year.
“Tourists visiting Inle have declined slightly. If we compare the nationwide figures, the numbers have not dropped significantly. We are trying to ensure the Myanmar tourist industry is stable,” said U Yan Win, chairman of Myanmar Tourism Federation. The number of tourists entering Myanmar has declined significantly because of the Rakhine conflict in August 2017.

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